Malay food is fast making its presence felt in the city, especially in modern shopping malls like NuSentral in KL. Instead of being tucked away as part of the food courts, more independent Malay restaurants can now be found. Datin Norintan Safinas who is an avid shopper finds decent Malay food hard to come by in malls hence her decision to foray into opening one of her own at NuSentral.
Known as Sambal & Sauce, this all-day dining outlet is an ideal stopover for diners of all races and ages with different budgets. You can enjoy a simple breakfast of teh tarik and roti canai, relish a hearty nasi campur lunch or pop in for a substantial dinner in its high ceiling, air-conditioned premises with simple yet practical décor.
According to Datin Norintan, “The Sambal represents the local part of our menu while Sauce is the Western selection we cover. We want to cater to everyone so both local and Western food are available.”
For brekkie, try hot off the griddle Roti Sardin (RM5.25), a piece of roti canai stuffed with coarsely mashed sardines. It’s a filling serving that should keep you going until lunch.
About 10 dishes or more are cooked daily for Nasi Campur (expect to pay about RM3.5 to RM5 per item of your choice). From the items we sampled, the specialities which scored highly with us included Gulai Tempoyak Patin (top most pix), Ayam Masak Kicap and Asam Pedas Ikan Pari. Much to our surprise, the plain looking Sup Ayam tasted better than it looked.
Otherwise, we advise going for the scrumptious Mutton Briyani (RM15) - a great value meal with aromatic spiced rice, some curry gravy and a whole hardboiled egg thrown into the equation.
Those yearning for a late lunch or quick dinner will be spoiled for choice. The classic Black Pepper Chicken Chop (RM15.90) is a reliable mainstay as is Fish & Chips (RM16.90)
On the local front, decent recommendations include Sambal & Sauce Fried Rice (RM15.90), Mee Goreng Mamak (RM10.90) and Char Kwe Tiau (RM10.90). Nothing high-brow here but each is passable enough to satisfy your hunger pangs.
Roti Kobra - oiginally from East Malaysia – is a reinterpretation of Roti Canai Banjir (a gravy drenched roti canai) with a fried sunny-side up egg, and deep-fried battered chicken.
Beverage to quench one’s thirst ranges from Ribena Lime Soda (RM8.90) to Double Shot Tea (RM3.80). Opened daily from 7am-12am, Sambal & Sauce is the go-to outpost for the office crowd, shoppers and commuters streaming through the busy transportation hub of Brickfields and KL Sentral.
SAMBAL & SAUCE, Unit 30 & 31, Lower Ground Floor, NU Sentral, No.201, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Kuala Lumpur. Call tel: 03-2276 1694 for reservations.